Life begins at conception.

Luke 1:35 KJV [35] And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Jesus was holy at conception.  Holiness is a moral quality that can only apply if a person exists.  Therefore Jesus was a person at conception.

Luke 1:36 [36] And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

Similarly, this scripture says that Elisabeth “also conceived a son”.  Jesus and John the Baptist were both “son[s]” at conception.  They didn’t become sons at later time in the pregnancy.

Here are two verses that indicate life begins at conception.

Resurrection Day will be the 2nd Time for God’s Elect

John 6:39 KJV [39] And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

All the elect (those given to Christ by the Father) will be resurrected to eternal life at the last day.  This will be a glorious experience and remarkable to behold.  However, this morning my question focuses on the word “again” in this verse.  On the last day the resurrection you experience will actually be the second time you are resurrected.  You have already been raised from the dead once which is why the Lord said on that day He will raise it up “again”.

Two questions come to mind here:
1.    What was your first resurrection?
2.    How many of the elect receive this first resurrection?

Step toward the water…

Part of living by faith is stepping toward deliverance, even if we don’t see how it will come.  When we have a crisis of faith and don’t know what to do, just go ahead and take whatever steps you can see to take at that time and trust the Lord to show the next step.  My favorite quote of Zig Ziglar goes something like this “Go as far as you can see, and then you can see a little farther.”

An example of this is the Israelites on the border of the Red Sea.  With Pharaoh pursuing from behind and the sea before, they knew they couldn’t stay where they were but they didn’t know where to go.  Then the Lord says this, “speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:” (Ex. 14:15).  The next verse is instructions for Moses to divide the sea but what comes first is that Israel is to walk toward the water.  If all you can see is water clear to the horizon then the command to walk towards it may seem ridiculous.  However, the Lord expected them to head that way so that when they reached the edge it would begin to part.

Step towards the water in front of you, trusting the Lord will show you a way through.  You cannot stay where you are.  None of us can.